Sam’s is an idea, a concept, a state of mind. At Sam’s, you can be who you are, feel comfortable, make new friends, enjoy time with old friends, and laugh a lot. Sam’s is all about hospitality, generosity, and friendship. You can be Sam’s, too!
Why Tango Nuevo? Is it still Argentine Tango?
Tango is always tango. Some people are interested in the dance style but find the music too traditional and predictable. Tango Nuevo uses more contemporary, and sometimes surprising, music. It may also incorporate movements from other forms of dance and be a little less formal in its movements.
Why should I dance with a lot of different people?
Dancing with many partners makes you a better dancer because it forces you to adapt to more than one person’s level of skill, style, height, and body movements. It teaches you more and gives you a wider range of skills. It’s the best way to become one of the people everybody wants to dance with.
Should I try to dance at my partner’s level?
Yes! This is the most comfortable for both of you. If Leaders do this, their partners will be able to follow them. If Followers do this, they will be better able to follow novice Leaders. It makes dancing more fun for both of you.
Do I need to come with a partner?
No! You can bring a partner or come on your own. We rotate partners so everybody has a chance to dance with everyone else. It makes all of you better dancers.
Do I need to know a little about dance before I come?
No! Sign up for our STARTER level 1 classes and learn each dance from the very beginning. Just pick a dance and come!
I’m a bit clumsy and very uncoordinated. Is dancing too hard for me?
No! Everybody can dance. Not everyone will be a professional dancer, but everyone can dance well enough to have fun and be a fun dance partner. That’s the point of social dancing!
Should I try learning individual dances, like Hip-Hop or Jazz first before trying partner dancing?
Not unless that’s what you want. Partner dancing teaches you how to be connected to another person while moving. It’s a different experience, a more social experience, than solo dancing.
Which is the easiest dance to learn for a new dancer?
Bachata has the easiest rhythm to learn and is becoming more popular all the time–more even than Salsa! Forro is also a simple, fun party dance. Samba Rock is simple, lively, and can be danced anywhere!
Should I try to learn more than one dance at a time?
Sure–each dance style improves your ability to learn dance movements and improves your form. The more the merrier! And the more you dance, the better you get.
What’s a sure way of telling a novice on the dance floor?
When beginners make a mistake, they stop, look confused and embarrassed, and try to figure out what went wrong. A practiced dancer smiles and keeps on dancing! An exception to this are PRACTICAS, which are designed for practice, trying out new moves, and stop-and-start dancing.
Is it okay to spin and dip a new dance partner?
No, it’s never okay to try difficult moves with a new dance partner until you know their level. Safety first.
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Join us for FREE music & dancing on the beautiful Jim Deva Plaza in the heart of the West End (on Davie by the Rainbow Crosswalk at Bute). Sunday, December 3, 7 – 10 pm We’ll be under a big tent with lights & heaters so no worries about the weather • Wear light-up or […]